Race Report: Enduro de les Salines Invitational (Catalonia-Spain)
What began as a joke became the highest category Enduro event in Spain to date… The federation communicated to the organization at the end of 2014 that this year the race will not be included in the point values for the championship. After five years Maçanet de Cabrenys is left out. After speaking with the French organizers, we found out that we have also been left out of the Trophy of the Pyrenees. Once the decision had been made to not hold an event this year, the organizers spoke to Damien Oton (Devinci) and he commented that what the riders want to do is ride, and the locale of Les Salines is perfect for the Enduro. They also spoke with Jérôme Clemetz, Remy Absalon… and all agreed that they did not care about trophies. Instead, what they want is to put the finishing touches on their preparation for the World Cup… The idea of holding an Invitational Enduro and that camaraderie be the foundation of the weekend began to percolate in the minds of the people of a village of just 600 inhabitants.
Even though it seems like a “homemade” event, the enduro of Las Salinas has many technical sections. Granite rocks are present everywhere and very characteristic of this part of Catalonia. The stage on Saturday is the very essence of the Enduro of Les Salines as riders pass through very diverse terrain from the start to the finish. Rémy Absalon in the Toni Bou section.
Words: Jep Corominas Photos: Oscar Santiago Fariñas